Marc Topkin

Devil Rays Organization Report

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Quietly, which is certainly his style, and slowly, which is the organization's style, Jeremy Hellickson has pitched his way into the Rays' future. A 2005 fourth-round pick out of Hoover High in Des Moines, Hellickson led the organization with a 2.43 ERA last season and was named pitcher of the year at short-season Hudson Valley for going 4-3 with a New York-Penn-leading 96 strikeouts in 78 innings.

Majors | #2007#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Derailed On His Way To Stardom

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

By now, B.J. Upton was supposed to be a star. Maybe he wasn't going to be the next Derek Jeter, as he so boasted innocently on the June 4, 2002, afternoon the Devil Rays made him the No. 2 pick in the nation. But he certainly didn't expect to be spending the spring of his fifth pro season shuffling around the back fields working at a handful of different positions, still seeking the chance to spend his first full season in the majors, and in a role similar to that of Angels' super utilityman Chone Figgins.

Majors | #2007#Season Preview